Raven Raven - 7 days ago 5
C# Question

How to prevent Xamarin.Forms.Entry Keyboard to be Unfocused when Pressing a Button

I am basically making a chat functionality, and this is how the XAML snippet looks like:

<StackLayout Grid.Row="1" Orientation="Horizontal" HeightRequest="50">
<Entry x:Name="ChatField" Text="{Binding CurrentMessageText}" Placeholder="{Binding MessageTextPlaceHolder}" HorizontalOptions="FillAndExpand"/>
<Button Text="send" BackgroundColor="Transparent" Command="{Binding SendMessageCommand}"/>
</StackLayout>


I have an Entry control and a button control that is binded to a command that sends the text in the chatfield.

And I would want to mimic the Chat Apps standard wherein pressing the send button does not unfocus or hides the keyboard.

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Unfortunately, right now when I press the send button - it automatically unfocus the keyboard from the entry cell.

Initial steps I made to prevent this, is on the ViewModel SendMessageCommand I have:

var chatEntry = CurrentPage.FindByName<Entry>("ChatField");
chatEntry.Focus();


But this makes a weird behaviour of pushing all the list view up.

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Answer

Had solved this using a custom renderer on IOS:

    public class ChatEntryViewRenderer : EntryRenderer
    {
        protected override void OnElementPropertyChanged(object sender, System.ComponentModel.PropertyChangedEventArgs e)
        {
            if (e.PropertyName == VisualElement.IsFocusedProperty.PropertyName)
            {
                if (Control != null)
                {
                    var chatEntryView = this.Element as ChatEntryView;
                    Control.ShouldEndEditing = (UITextField textField) =>
                    {
                        return !chatEntryView.KeepOpen; // KeepOpen is a custom property I added and is set on my ViewModel if I want the Entry Keyboard to be kept open then I just set this to true.
                    };
                }
            }

            base.OnElementPropertyChanged(sender, e);
        }
    }

What it does is that it basically uses the Control's ShouldEndEditing event that triggers when the EditText loses focus or if its keyboard is about to be unfocused.

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